Shop Safety & Safety for Retail Outlets
With our increasingly litigious society, shops and retail outlets are all too aware that overlooking safety could end up with a trip to court and a hefty settlement.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have identified the following areas as the most common accident causes for the retail industry:
Even small shops have a legal duty to ensure that its employees have a safe working environment.
Tips on retail safety – protecting staff and visitors
Conducting a shop safety risk assessment should identify likely hazards and risks. Prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure!
Preventing slips, trips and falls
Electrical Safety in Shops
Ensure your portable electrical appliances are tested by a qualified electrician specific for this purpose. Mains circuit testing is also required every 5 years. A common fire hazard is an overloaded electrical point (overuse of extension leads) so this should be avoided.
When were your electrical appliances last inspected?
Fire risk assessments are a legal requirement for all businesses (even one-person operations). These must be done for EACH shop location. This aids fire prevention and ensures swift evacuation of the premises by employees and the public in the event of a fire.
When was your last shop fire risk assessment carried out?
Once it has been conducted, it is necessary to review it on a regular basis – ideally annually. If a shop has had a recent refit, this may have impacted on your fire safety measurements.
Manual handling for shops and retail outlets
Preventing injuries caused by manual lifting of heavy items is also the subject of regulations and solutions to this problem can easily be achieved.
Are your manual handling safety issues covered? Why not let us help!
Accident reporting and investigation
First-aid kits need to be accessible at all times – do staff know where it is and who the first aiders are?
Regardless of the size of your business, make sure that all accidents and incidents are recorded and investigated as lessons can be learned to prevent them in future. Ensure all staff know where to report accidents both to themselves and to your customers.